The English Constitution
A classic study of the British constitution, paying special attention to how Parliament and the monarchy work. The author frequently draws comparisons with the American Constitution, being generally critical of the American system of government.
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He must paint it as it stood at some one time , or else he will be putting side by
side in his representations things which never were contemporaneous in reality .
The difficulty is the greater because a writer who deals with a living government ...
They were not influenced by ideas , but by facts ; not by things palpable , but by
things impalpable . Not to put too fine a point upon it , they were influenced by
rank and wealth . No doubt the better sort of them believed that those who were ...
The thing looks like injustice , and in a time of popular passion it would not stand .
Much short of the compulsory equal division of the Code Napoleon , stringent
clauses might be provided to obstruct and prevent these great aggregations of ...
Few things certainly are less likely than a violent tempest like this to destroy large
and hereditary estates . But then , too , few things are less likely than an outbreak
to destroy the House of Lords — my point is , that a catastrophe which levels ...
And it does not take a clever man to see that systematic opposition of the
Commons is the only thing which can endanger the Lords , or which will make an
individual peer cease to be a peer . The greater you make the sense of the Lords
, the ...
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Walter Bagehot was editor of the Economist and his name is still on the weekly page about England. This book describes the English Constitution and compares it favorably with the United States Constitution. Read full review